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Hi I'm Brittian

I'm a writer, a dreamer, a college student, big brother, a future doctor, a big time family guy, and I'm a mormon

About Me

Well, honestly, I'm just your basic college-age kid. I My parents got a divorce when I was young, forcing me to go back and forth between two houses that progressively got further and further apart. I've been in divorce court many times... none of them ending very well. But, with the Lord's help, I was able to get through. From my experience with the divorce, I know for a fact that the Lord loves me, is watching over me, and is teaching me to become the man I need to become. Couldn't have survived without his help. From my experience with the divorce I also learned something important about myself. Family comes first with everything! I love spending time with my family, helping out my parents and spending time with my little sister. Nothing makes me happier than plopping down on the couch with the ones I love and playing a board game or watching a movie. As far as schooling goes, I wasn't anything spectacular in High School. Although I made myself a modest foundation to build my future on. I didn't take any advanced courses. Nor did I earn any scholarships. I did do a lot of service during high school though. I was able to finish my Eagle Scout project just in the nic of time before I turned 18; during which I retired over 400 american flags. I also love writing. When I last left it, I was working on a story that reached over 200 pages! As far as a career, I hope to become a doctor of some kind. Still not sure what kind though. But I'm sure the Lord will point my way.

Why I am a Mormon

True, I was born into the church. But it's more than that. I am a Mormon because I I've come to know for myself that this church is true. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and the kind of joy and understanding that I get from those blessed scriptures... You simply can't find it anywhere else! I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that the church is being led by a prophet today. I have seen for myself the miracles of forgiveness and the atonement. And I have felt the spirit open my eyes to the truthfulness of the gospel. Just like in the scriptures, I can feel the truthfulness of it burning deep within my heart. I know that this church is true. And that is why I am a Mormon. 

How I live my faith

The savior has taught us that when we are in the service of our fellow men, we are serving on the Lord's behalf. I love serving others. I look for chances to help people whenever I can. It always gives me a good feeling to help lift someone's day or to help someone feel more comfortable. And the coolest thing about that is that while I am helping someone else, I am helping myself to feel better as well! It feels great to know that I was able to make the difference in someone's day. Living your faith means more than just doing what you are asked during church. I've had a couple of different jobs (or callings) within the church serving as a deacon or a priest or things like that. I've helped teach before, and I've helped as a leader for the youth a couple of times. I've even served as a missionary for the church. But living your faith is more than that. It means actually doing all that you can to not only know what you believe, but living it! It's helping others draw nearer to christ through your example and friendship. It's standing up for what you believe, even when things get tough. It means never giving up on what you know to be true, because you can feel the Lord telling you that it is true. I am far from being perfect at that. And the Lord is always helping me to improve. But that is how I live my faith. By not only talking the talk, but walking the walk.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Brittian
No. No one is required to serve a mission. The Lord has called for all able young men to serve a mission. But everyone has a choice in the end.... One of the most wonderful gifts our father in heaven has given us is our agency. Our Agency is what makes it possible for us to grow and learn here upon the earth. Heavenly Father will never make anyone serve a mission. He might ask a person to serve a mission. But in the end, it is up for us to decide and face the consequences. So no. As a mormon you aren't required to serve a mission. But as your testimony grows stronger, and as your knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel grows brighter.... You won't be able to keep the truthfulness of it to yourself. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Brittian
No, absolutely not. Joseph Smith was the first prophet of the Latter Days. He saw our Father in Heaven and his son Jesus Christ. And through Joseph Smith the Lord's gospel was restored upon the earth. Joseph Smith is a hero and a role model, nothing more. We look up to Joseph Smith becasue he is the epitome of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. But in the end we are members of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day Saints. Not the Church of Joseph Smith.... We believe that it is only through the atonement of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that we can be saved. We believe that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, as is the Bible as long as it is translated correctly. We believe in following our savior in the face of hardship and adversity no matter how huge it may seem. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Brittian
Modesty and chastity go hand in hand. When you dress and act modestly, it becomes so much easier for you to live according to the law of chastity. For example, it is much harder for the adversary to tempt you when you are dressed appropriately. It is easier for a young man to keep his mind focused on school work and righteous places when young women dress modestly. And, amazing as it sounds, how you act is usually reflected in the way you think. I may not be a parent yet, but the first and most important thing in teaching a child is to be a good example. If you want your children to be modest, you must be modest. If you want your children to follow the Law of Chastity you must also follow the Law of chastity. And second you must, with the help of the spirit, talk to your children and verbally teach them about being chaste and modest. Be firm. Emphasize the importance of what you are teaching them. And no matter how bleak it may seem, never give up! Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Brittian
A Testimony is a personal witness of Jesus Christ. We receive our Testimonies through the Holy Ghost, who bears witness of truth to our hearts. Testimonies can be regarding countless different parts of the gospel. For me, my testmiony started with a testimony of prayer. But the basic foundations of a testimony is a knowledge that our Heavenly Father is real, that he loves us, and that he loves us so much that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to atone for our sins. It includes a knowledge that Jesus Christ lives, that he loves us too, and that he carried out the atonement; through which we can return home. It is also important to know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet called of god to help restore the gospel to it's fullness here upon the earth, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the savior's church here on the earth today. But the thing that I find beautiful about testimonies is that they are all unique. We all get them through the Holy Ghost, true. But the Lord always tells us of the truth in different ways. As you will see here on Mormon.org, there are millions of people all bearing their testimonies of the same thing, but all in different ways. That is why it is so important to search out the truth for yourself, so that the Lord can help you grow and find your own, personal testimony. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Brittian
The Book of Mormon is another Testament of Jesus Christ. Just like two witnesses bearing witness of the same crime to a Jury is more powerful than one, the Book of Mormon works hand in hand with the Bible to bear witness of the divinity and Love of our Savior. The Book of Mormon begins it's record in Jerusalem at around 600 BC, around which time God commands one of his prophets to take his family and flee into the wilderness to escape the oncoming destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians. The Lord proceeds to guide this family across the sea to the American continent, where they break apart and become two great civilizations. Because our Father in heaven loves all of his children, and wants them all to know of the power of his son's atoning sacrifice, he called prophets in the Americas to teach the people and guide them in the right way. They taught about the Savior's teachings, his gospel, and the knowledge of life after death. But most importantly of all, they taught the people about the Love of Jesus Christ. Our invitation to all of our brothers and sisters is to read from the book of mormon, compare it side by side with the bible, and sincerely pray to ask our father in heaven if it is true (Moroni 10:4). I bear my own personal witness and promise that the things that you will read in the book of Mormon's pages will help you draw nearer to Jesus Christ, and help you better feel of his love for yourself. The Lord will help you to know of the truth. Show more Show less